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Elephant’s Graveyard promises poignant performance

By Teresa Fleming flemingt17@grinnell.edu In 1916, the citizens of the small town of Erwin, Tennessee hung a circus elephant from an industrial crane until it was dead. This weekend’s production of “Elephant’s Graveyard” adapts this true story, situating it at the nexus of social, political and technological shifts that came together in an act of…

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Kendrick Lamar releases fourth studio album, DAMN.

By Halley Freger fregerha17@grinnell.edu Last Friday, Kendrick Lamar released his fourth studio album “DAMN.” to overwhelmingly positive critical acclaim. Lamar began making music as a teenager under the name K-Dot, exemplifying the beauty of the internet rap era where people independently release music and build communities around it online. Since then, he’s grown into a…

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Tit Head film festival sparks debate about objectification

Candace Mettle mettleca@grinnell.edu Each Spring, students gather in the Harris Center for Grinnell’s own student film festival, Titular Head. And while the event has been a time-honored tradition, this year, several students are starting to question the festival’s ethics. As the April 29 date of the event draws near, Halley Freger ’17 and Hanky Song…

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Godspell opens at Grinnell Arts Center

By Andrea Baumgartel baumgart1@grinnell.edu Go see Godspell. Seriously. From its through-the-roof vocals woven alongside intricate choreography by Amaris Bates ’18, to expressions painted in bliss and fear, to colloquial asides midst an almost ridiculous seriousness, Godspell is hyperbole in a bottle; a color-loaded rocket soaring through its own little universe that you won’t want to…

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Busdriver & Waldo to grace Gardner

By Halley Freger fregerha17@grinnell.edu Grinnell Concerts is back this weekend with the first concert since spring break. What a perfect way to kick things back into gear with two distinctive and accomplished rappers: Busdriver and Waldo. The concert will be in Gardner Lounge this Saturday at 10 p.m. following Drag Show. LA’s Busdriver has had…

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Campus DJs to perform this Friday at Techtonica

By Candace Mettle mettleca@grinnell.edu “Enjoy the moment and dance.” Those are the words of advice from Hameedullah Weaver ’17 to students interested in Techtonica this Friday, April 14. Along with Jenkin Benson ’17, the two have revitalized an ever-present, but underground, student led music event. As underclassmen, they attended Techtonic Gardner in spring 2014 and…

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Professor Tilly Woodward talks art as personal and political

By Teresa Fleming flemingt17@grinnell.edu Tilly Woodward shared the intersections of her artistic and personal lives to a group of colleagues and students last Wednesdays, tracing a narrative of art as a means of connection and learning. In addition to serving as Curator of Academic and Community Outreach for the Faulconer Gallery, Woodward has explored notions…

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BAX and Vietnam War photos new to Faulconer Gallery

By Philip Kiely kielyphi@grinnell.edu A stunning pair of contrasting exhibits open this Friday in Faulconer Gallery: both the gallery of student work in the Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX) and a powerful collection of Vietnam War Photographs by Robert Hodierne ’68. “You really get a clear sense that you are in two different exhibitions. I…

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ANACHA Collective debuts stunning Smith show

Keli Vitaioli vitaioli@grinnell.edu This week marks the opening of one of the most transformative Smith Gallery shows of the semester. Courtsey of the ANACHA collective, the corner gallery opposite the dining hall now boasts a reading nook stocked with feminist anthologies, video explorations of relationships in the digital age, essays on Grinnell’s many shortcomings, memes,…